Doctored Marijuana Gives Relief to Boy Whose Parents Found No Other Way to Help Him

Despite research showing cannabidiol can help people suffering with depression, anxiety and epilepsy, doctors are unwilling to prescribe it for children.

Jackson Leyden had always been a healthy kid; he practised taekwondo, and he played lacrosse and baseball. But in 2011, a few months after his eighth birthday, he began having seizures several times a day. Many were brief, a half-minute of staring into space, but he also had severe episodes in which he would collapse, sometimes injuring himself. Over the next two years, he was hospitalised about 50 times, and he missed much of fourth and fifth grade.

His parents took him to more than 20 doctors around the country, and he tried more than a dozen medications. Nothing worked. Two years ago, the Leydens were at the end of their rope. They decided to see whether marijuana might help. (Medical use of the drug is legal in the District of Columbia, where they live, and the Leydens found a doctor willing to work with them.) In 2014, Jackson got his first dose of cannabis.

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